TTT4201 - Radio System Design and RF/Microwave Measurement Techniques


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Semester project 40/100
School exam 60/100 4 hours G

Course content

The course will provide students with a system overview of the design of a radio system, detailed knowledge of important components in the "physical layers" for different radio systems and in-depth understanding in the design of circuits included in radio systems for eg. communication, radar and navigation. The course provides detailed description of the design of RF / Microwave radio transmitters and receivers, general radio system design, basic link budget analysis for wireless communication systems, radio waves, antennas. Furthermore, the course provides detailed description of transmission lines, matching circuits, receiver and transmitter amplifiers, noise and distortion, models of the various components such as R, C, L, transistors (HBT and HEMT), oscillators, mixers, low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers and complete transceivers. The course will provide a thorough introduction to RF / Microwave measurement techniques, calibration and calibration methods (SOLT, TRL, LRM, LRRM etc.), measurement accuracy, spectrum analyzer and network analyzer, measurement and passive components measurement.

Learning outcome

Knowledges: The candidate has - In-depth knowledge of matching circuits, two and n-port parameters (s-parameters etc), descriptions and models of the various components such as R, C, L and transistors (HBT and HEMT). - detailed knowledge of the design of a radio system, antennas, transmission lines, oscillators, mixers, low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers. - detailed knowledge of RF / microwave instrumentation as spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, generators, etc. - detailed knowledge of instrument calibration and different calibration methods (SOLT, TRL, LRM, LRRM, etc.), and understands measurement accuracy and measurement techniques for active and passive components. - good knowledge of noise and distortion in communication systems. - basic knowledge of radio wave propagation and link budget Skills: The candidate can - perform detailed calculations on matching circuits for all components of radio transmitters and receivers. - calculate the main features of a radio system and set up the link budget. - use advanced simulators for RF circuit design. - can use advanced RF / microwave instrumentation as spectrum analyzer, network analyzer for RF / microwave measurements. General competence: The candidate can - collaborate around the solution of projects with practical simulations and laboratory measurements. - present results of a project assignment

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, CAD exercises, laboratory exercises and a semester project.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lab exercise

Further on evaluation

The semester project counts 40% of the mark. The project will be evaluated based on hand on in of a poster. An oral presentation of the poster will also be held were the candidate can get up to 10 additional %-points based upon the completion of a successful project (count only positive). Explicit rules for this will be made available for the candidate in the semester.

The exam counts 60% of the mark.

CAD and Laboratory exercises are mandatory and consists of CAD exercises, laboratory assignments and measurements of the semester exercise.

If there is a re-sit examination in August, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. If the exam is to be repeated, the whole course needs to be taken.

Course materials

Given at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TTT4200 3.7 AUTUMN 2019
TTT4212 3.7 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electronics
  • Electronics and Telecommunications
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Semester project 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 60/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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